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Tips for helping your dog or cat eat better and stay slimmer

Vegetables make great snacks. Dogs are often fond of carrots, zucchini, and celery, and some cats love zucchini.

Measure food carefully. Even when using a cup, people varied from an 18 percent underestimate to an 80 percent overestimate, research shows. For cats, cans may make portion-control easier; make sure to use the right size. For homemade food, use only recipes from board-certified veterinary nutritionists.

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